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Genealogy of John Harrison Hosford (1814 - 1886)

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Date: 1814 to 1886
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Archive of the profile of John Harrison Hosford (1814-1886) written by Randolph R. Beebe.



John Hosford was a lawyer, then judge.

He was also an entrepreneur, buying land in the fertile Red River Valley (Campbell, MN area) and in North Dakota (Moore twnship, Ransom County, North Dakota, sections 136-56 and

Genealogical Records

Birth Records

  • Primary Source, Vermont, Vital Records, 1720-1908 [1] Data Summary:
  1. ) Vermont Vital Records; John Harrison Hosford, son of John and Lydia Hosford was born 23 Mar 1814 at Thetford, Vermont, USA.

Marriage Records

First marriage to Margaret Myers;

  1. ) Indiana, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1850; Margaret Myers married John Hossford at Cass County, Indiana on 1 March 1838.
  2. ) Cass County Indiana Marriages, 1829-1845; (Information also available at this free at this on line database:) Margaret Myers married John Hossford at Cass County, Indiana on 1 March 1838.

Second marriage to Carrie Thompson:

  • Primary Source, Minnesota, Marriages Index, 1849-1950 [3] : Data Summary:
  1. ) Minnesota Marriage Records: John H Hosford married Carrie M Thomson on 8 Nov 1885 at Anoka, Anoka, Minnesota.

Marriage of daughter Arabell to Thomas Cain:

  1. ) Illinois Marriages, 1815-1935," Arabell W. Hosford, daughter of John Hosford and Margaret Myers, was married to Thomas Cain, son of Roger Cain and Sarah Lee at Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois on 29 Oct 1882.

Census Records

  • Primary Source, United States Census,1850, [5] : Data summary: In the 1850 census, John H. Hosford, age 36 was the head of a Freedom, La Salle, Illinois household. Members of the household include:
  1. ) 1850 Freedom, LaSalle, Illinois US Census: John H Hosford, Male, 36, Vermont, United States
  2. ) Margarett Hosford, Female, 32, Pennsylvania, United States
    1. ) Fear Hosford, Female, 10, Illinois, United States
    2. ) Mary L Hosford, Female, 9, Illinois, United States
    3. ) Arabella W Hosford, Female, 7, Illinois, United States
    4. ) Charles B Hosford, Female, 5, Illinois, United States
    5. ) Sarah P Hosford, Female, 3, Illinois, United States
  3. ) Benjamin Shaulding, Male, 24, Maine, United States
  4. ) Swain Nelson, Male, 25, Norway
  5. ) 1850 Freedom, LaSalle, Illinois, Census enumerated 15 Nov 1850 by J. C. Champlin, Ass't Marshall.
  • Primary Source, United States Census, 1860, [6] : Data summary: In the 1860 census, John H Hosford, age 46 was the head of a Freedom, LaSalle, Illinois household. Members of the household include:
  1. ) 1860 Freedom, LaSalle, Illinois Census: John H. Hosford, Male, 46, Vermont
  2. ) Margaret Hosford, Female, 42, Penn
    1. ) Mary L Hosford, Female, 19, Ill
    2. ) Arabella W Hosford, Female, 17, Ill
    3. ) Charles B Hosford, Male, 15, Ill
    4. ) Sarah P Hosford, Female, 13, Ill
    5. ) Josephine Hosford, Female, 7, Ill
  3. ) Thos Fitzgerald, Male, 55, Ireland
  4. ) 1860 Freedom, LaSalle, Illinois, Census enumerated 4 June 1860 by Wm. J. Earl, Ass't Marshall.
  • "Minnesota State Census, 1885," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQXX-YGJ : 18 November 2014), John H Hosford in living in the boarding house of C M Thompson, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota; citing p. 25, volume Hennepin, State Library and Records Service, St.Paul; FHL microfilm 565,741.

Land Records

Death Records

  • "Minnesota Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FDHC-NBW : 4 December 2014), John Hosford, 21 Nov 1886; citing Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, reference p209 #2130; FHL microfilm 1,309,403.

Published Genealogical Information

  • Secondary Source, History of La Salle County, Illinois. [7] Data Extraction:
  1. ) LaSalle Co. History; Page 398: John H. Hosford and wife Margaret Myers came to Freedom, LaSalle, Illinois in 1837. The Hosfords were originally from Thetford, Orange, Vermont, and moved to Ohio in 1833 prior to making the move to Illinois. John came firts in 1837 and then moved is family t Illinois in the spring of 1838 where they settled on section 23, but in 1875 moved to Ottawa. A list of children and their spouses is as follows:
    1. ) Fear R. Hosford married Robert Rowe and they live on the old (Hosford) farm.
    2. ) Mary married Hugh McClure
    3. ) Arabella married W. G. Brown
    4. ) Sarah P. married Frank Condon
    5. ) Josephine C. married George Lamb
    6. ) Charles married Sara S. Brandon
  1. ) Hosford Genealogy; Page 74: John Hosford (258), son of Aaron (104), was born at Thetford, VT. on 16 Dec 1781; died at Thetford 24 June 1838. Married Lydia Perkins, daughter of Abraham and Fear (Thompson) Perkins of Lyme NH., on 15 March 1809 at Thetford, Vermont. Lydia was born 2 Feb 1782; she died 17 Jan 1836 at Thetford. Children of John and Lydia (Perkins) Hosford:
    1. ) Fear Thompson Hosford; b 20 Oct 1809 at Thetford, VT.; d. 15 Feb 1890 at Ottawa, Ill.; m. Charles Barrett, son of Martin and Dorcas (Patterson) Barrett on 12 June 1833 at Thetford, Vt. They had no children.
    2. ) Abram Perkins Hosford (1811-1886).
    3. ) John Harrison Hosford (1814-1886)
    4. ) Lydia Hosford; b. 9 Mar 1816; d. 3 Apr 1816.
    5. ) Aaron Hosford; b. 3 Jan 1818; d. 22 June 1818.
    6. ) Sophia Brewster Hosford; b. 24 Dec 1820; d. 1 July 1904; m. William Gartman of Ottawa, Ill. Children: Fear Jeannette, m. Alexander McLeod; Kate, m. ____Guest; William; Frank; Edward.
    7. ) Mary Hale Hosford (1824-1914)
    8. ) Sara Perkins Hosford; b. 12 Nov 1827; d. 20 Sept. 1885; m. (1) Allen Miner of Pontiac, MI., (2) Thomas Todd of Waterloo, IA.
  2. ) Horsford-Hosford Genealogy; Hosford Genealogy; Page 99, 100: John Harrison Hosford (474), son of John Hosford (258), was born 3 March 1814 at Thetford, Vermont, and he died 22 November 1886 at Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    1. ) Marriage: John Harrison Hosford married Margaret Myers 1 March 1838. Margaret Myers died in September of 1880. Children by Margaret Myers:
      1. ) Fear (723) married Robert Rowe
      2. ) (724) Mary, who married Hugh McClure
      3. ) (725) Arabella, married first George Brown; second George Kain
      4. ) (726) Sarah, married Frank Condon
      5. ) (727) Charles maried Phenie Brandon
      6. ) (738) Josephine, married George Lamb of Ottawa.
    2. ) Second Marriage, John Harrison Hosford married second Carrie Thompson of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Research Notes

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    1. ) A Primary Source contains data that was recorded by the person in the profile; or by someone known to or with first hand knowledge of that person, during the person's lifetime, death or within two generations thereafter.
    2. ) A Secondary Source is a genealogical reference created as the result of a extensive study of available source material and it provides some evidence of the source documentation used to generate the text data.
    3. ) A Tertiary Source is a genealogical data source which is a collection of genealogical information that does not cite Primary or Secondary information sources, and the data may be factual or hearsay.
    4. ) Braces {Editorial Note Example} are used to insert editorial comments; that is to say, information or clarification that is not contained in the original, cited source material.


  1. . Vermont, Vital Records, 1720-1908; Ancestry.com database on-line. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. Original data: State of Vermont. Vermont Vital Records through 1870. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts. State of Vermont. Vermont Vital Records, 1871–1908. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts. John Harrison Hosford scanned Vermont birth document
  2. Indiana, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1850; [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997. Dodd, Jordan, comp.. Indiana Marriages to 1850. Electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individual counties in Indiana.
  3. Minnesota, Marriages Index, 1849-1950; Ancestry.com database on-line. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. "Minnesota Marriages, 1849–1950." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records FHL Film Number: 1380426.
  4. "Illinois Marriages, 1815-1935," database, FamilySearch (Rev : 10 February 2018), Margret Myers in entry for Thomas Cain and Arabell W. Hosford, 29 Oct 1882; citing Ottawa, La Salle Co , Illinois; FHL microfilm 1,683,598.
  5. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8R9-B1W : 9 November 2014), John H Hosford, Freedom, La Salle, Illinois, United States; citing family 28, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.). John H Hosford in 1850 census
  6. "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (1860 US Census, updated 30 December 2015), John H Hosford, 1860. John H. Hosford in 1860 census
  7. Baldwin, Elmer, History of La Salle County, Illinois., Chicago, Rand McNally & Co., 77 and 79 Madison Street, 1877. Page 398. John H. Hosford biopic
  8. Hosford, Henry Hallock, Ye Horseforde Booke : Horsford-Hosford families in the United States of America; Cleveland, Ohio: Tower Press, 1936. Text also online at Ancestry.com here.

Other Sources

  • "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XFVV-CLN : 14 October 2017), John Harrison Hosford, 23 Mar 1814, Birth; State Capitol Building, Montpelier; FHL microfilm 27,587.
  • "Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPH6-ZP8D : 25 October 2019), John Hosford, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States; citing Death, multiple county courthouses, Minnesota.
  • "United States Census, 1820," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHLG-R43 : accessed 9 December 2019), John Hosford, Thetford, Orange, Vermont, United States; citing p. 327, NARA microfilm publication M33, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 127; FHL microfilm 281,248.
  • "United States Census, 1830," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH5X-2LG : 17 August 2017), John Hosford, Thetford, Orange, Vermont, United States; citing 108, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 185; FHL microfilm 27,451.
  • 1830 Thetford, Vermont Census: Living in household of his father.
  • "Minnesota State Census, 1885," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQXX-YGJ : 5 August 2017), John H Hosford in household of C M Thompson, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota; citing p. 25, volume Hennepin, State Library and Records Service, St.Paul; FHL microfilm 565,741.
  • 1880 Campbell, Wilkin, Minnesota Census: H. John Hosfer age 67 b. Vermont.
  • Cass Indiana Marriage Records: John H. Hossford married Margaret Myers on 1 Mar 1838 at Cass County, Indiana. Hossford, John H. married Myers, Margaret on 01 Mar 1838 in Cass County, Indiana.

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